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ES4C4 - Optical Communication Systems

  • Module code: ES4C4
  • Module name: Optical Communication Systems
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to present the key elements driving the growth in optical communication systems. The approach necessary includes not only an appreciation of device principles but also the broader picture of optoelectronic systems integration, essential to the future provision of high bandwidth for multimedia applications. Within the module the principles of optical fibre waveguiding and fibre transmission characteristics are presented. In addition, the operation of modern optical devices is described. Furthermore, the module also considers the detailed design, analysis and operation of optical fibre communication systems and networks. In particular, it presents detailed coverage of important optical fibre and free space networks for future communication applications, with both the facilitating technologies and the networks resulting from their integration being considered. The module aims to provide specialist knowledge of the strategies and techniques involved in the design and implementation of optical communication systems.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Analyse and design modern optical fibre systems.
  • Display advanced knowledge of modern optical components and their integration
  • Exhibit insight into emerging technologies in optical fibre and optical wireless systems.
  • Quantify, and understand the significance of, physical impairments in optical communication systems.
  • Comprehend the propagation of signals in optical fibres and utilise appropriate methods to obtain quantitative insight into this topic.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of optical receiver signals, amplification, noise, distortion and bit errors.
  • Be able to select the best optical sources for different applications based on quantitative performance determination.